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Please, let nobody ever mention the word, “Democracy” when speaking of
Do you know what? When Obasanjo wants to get his dictatorial way, he is the first to start shouting, “democracy.” He then uses accusatory terms like “truncating” democracy against his opponents. If he was initially unsuccessful in intimidating such a determined opponent, if he could not “settle” a principled opponent, he resorts to this last scare tactics, accusing his opponent of trying to truncate democracy.
Whenever any arm of Obasanjo’s government is performing poorly (and that’s all the time) and it is challenged, the first response will be an accusation or allegation that the challenger is trying to destroy democracy in
Do Obasanjo and the rest of Nigerian understand what Democracy really means, or are they just throwing around an English word whose meaning is best left up to the nations who own the language? Of course, this would not be the first time that He and his friends have used words of which they either did not know the meaning, or knew the meaning but did not have what it takes to implement the meaning.
Consider Obasanjo’s understanding and practice of Democracy. First, as you well know, the will of the people in governance is supposed to be conveyed through the vehicle of a free and fair election. This is the heart of the “government of the people, by the people, for the people” saying which fully describes democracy. Obasanjo knew very well that something happened at every stage of the election process—something negative, something that destroys the spirit and character of Democracy. But, did you hear Obasanjo express any concern? Did he express any outrage? No! Because he was in the middle of this event, the fraudulent rigging of the elections; because it was all engineered to favor him and his party. The people were robbed of their electoral statement—in broad daylight. General Obasanjo, the self-styled and self-appointed defender of democracy, never for one moment expressed any concern about this, but instead, benefited immensely from this, all but confirming that he was fully involved and aware of this fraud and deception. In fact, it was the same Obasanjo who went to the world afterwards and defended himself and his PDP party—the election riggers and beneficiaries—by assuring the world that “things work different in Nigeria”—meaning that rigging elections is acceptable in Nigeria; that the peoples living in Nigeria do not mind that, and that these peoples will accept the dishonest results. Yet, Obasanjo will come out and start shouting, “democracy” in
Obasanjo, do understand one thing: the people did not vote you into office this time around. But, you stole the results and went and inaugurated yourself and your fellow-thieves and PDP party as winners. This is not democracy. Your government does not have the mandate of the people as conveyed by the results of a free and fair and real election. This is a government based on anything but democracy, a government based on lies and fraud and dishonesty. To hear you speak of democracy in Nigeria is to listen to a hypocrite; it is like listening to a liar preach truth; like listening to a known and active robber who is talking about honesty while standing on top of a stool which he just stole.
The latest act of Obasanjo is his attempt to restructure
But, leave it to Obasanjo to circumvent a tried and tested democratic process. Leave it to Obasanjo to do it all in his usual autocratic and anti-democratic way, at the same time that he is shouting and bragging about his democratic credentials, at the same time that he is threatening anybody pointing out his hypocrisy with charges of truncating democracy in Nigeria! Now, let’s examine what he did this time.
General Obasanjo first crafted his ideas and in this instance, presented them to the so-called Council of State for rubberstamping. Then after that, Obasanjo was ready to implement this crass idea on the public, to impose his ideas on the peoples living in
Think of the likes of Gowon—the simpleton; he at least admitted his incompetence—or Babangida or Abubakar, and the rest. You know, if Abacha was alive today, he would be a member of this council. Can any group of people be worse for
Is this not a slap on the face of democracy, that Obasanjo who is always carrying on as if he was the embodiment of democracy, should go to a council whose members are unelected, instead of the elected bodies, to seek approval for Obasanjo’s ideas which he is going to force upon, and foist on, the peoples living in
Is it not enough that these council members at one time or another raped the peoples living in
This is democracy, Obasanjo-style. Obasanjo is an autocrat who likes to lie to the people, and perhaps, to himself if he has any honesty left, that he is pursuing a democratic course in
Yes, indeed, he will sell this to the peoples living in
Fellow Biafrans: we understand that you have to find a way to stay alive and eke out an existence. We understand that you must make your choices while driven by the need to survive—any how possible. We weep for the day when you slipped into this state of quasi-existence where you accept and allow any burden placed on you without challenge because there is no protest left in you. We can only pray for Liberation Day when the Rising Sun called
God will bring
That’s the news analysis. Thank you.
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